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The Secret to Success

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It’s been said that writing is a lonely pursuit, and yet, in the end, it couldn’t be done without a lot of team effort. There’s a reason most books have a long list of people in the acknowledgments section at the back. Publishing a book is complicated. Writing the manuscript is the easy part. Okay, maybe not easy, per se, but enjoyable at least. I love writing the story, arranging the plot like pieces of a puzzle to reveal the finished picture. It’s challenging and time-consuming, but I enjoy it. Once that’s done, you might think I’m pretty much finished. And you would be wrong. Finishing the manuscript is only the first step in a very long process, and can only be accomplished with the help of many others along the way.

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The Best Birthday Party Ever

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I threw a birthday party yesterday.  It was a pitiful affair.  I made a box of confetti brownie mix in lieu of a cake, grabbed a Bop It and some Star Wars Pop Rocks as a gift, and had the kids sign a card for the birthday boy.  That was it.  It was pretty meek.  But in my defense, it wasn’t even my kid.

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A Slap in the Face

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I don’t want to boast or anything, but I make a mean batch of chocolate chip cookies.  Ever since I learned the secret of adding a box of instant vanilla pudding to the dough, my cookies have been nice and soft, even a day or two later, if any happen to make it that long.  I don’t claim to be an amateur chef like my brother, who even has his own food blog (The Cordial Chef, in case you’re interested), but I make good food for my family, and especially those chocolate chip cookies.  So a number of years ago when we had new neighbors move in across the street, I whipped up a batch of my cookies and took them over as a welcoming gift.  The wife made a comment about how soft they were, and I proudly let her in on my little secret.  Then her husband informed me that since his mother burned everything while he was growing up, he got used to burned cookies and actually preferred them.  Oh.  Um, thank you?

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